| Dec 10, 2013
| 5:30 AM
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Mohammed Fairouz's Symphony No. 3 "Poems and Prayers" is long, brash, overwrought, beatific — and huge. For its West Coast premiere Sunday night by UCLA's Philharmonia, University Chorus and Chorale, along with two...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 9:02 AM
The most striking thing about the 44 images reproduced in Sylvia Plath’s “Drawings” (Harper: 64 pp., $25.99) may be how unpopulated they are.
Produced during the two years the poet spent on a Fulbright fellowship at Cambridge —...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 8:37 AM
Can you name any of the poets on the longlist for the National Book Awards' 2013 prize in poetry? If you listen to National Public Radio, the answer is yes, you probably can.
That's because one of 10 finalists, named Tuesday, is nationally known for his...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 9:09 AM
One of the weekend's top box-office performers, Disney's "Frozen," was among the nominees for the 2013 Annie Awards, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society.
The following is a complete list of nominees:
| Sep 16, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Tens of thousands of fans gathered in San Bernardino on Friday to chant a verse from the Book of Revelations foretelling our imminent doom.
A religious revival? Of sorts. Many of the attendees would equate it as such.
The event was a one-day heavy...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 3:28 PM
When Richard Blanco was handed the biggest gig of his life -- writing a poem for President Obama’s second inaugural -- he had to write quickly. In a few weeks he wrote three poems, one of which was chosen by Obama: “One Today,” Blanco...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 9:00 AM
The creation story behind "Astro-Mancy," MGMT's rhythmic freakout on its self-titled new album, is instructive when considering the duo's oblong output over the years. A band best known for its string of genre-defying dance-pop hits of 2008, "Time to...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 11:03 AM
December can seem the driest month for music. Holiday music gradually, and more often than not artificially, worms its way into just about everything. And soon even that cheap entertainment will be gone. Come the last two weeks of the year and this...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Bruce Springsteen fans may think they know the lyrics of "Born to Run" backward and forward. The title track of Springsteen's 1975 album is not only one of Springsteen's most recognizable songs, but also arguably one of the defining moments of '70s rock. ...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:30 PM
More narratively metronomic than cinematically metered, Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barretto's "Reaching for the Moon" examines the mid-20th century love affair between award-winning American poet laureate Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and gregarious,...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 11:48 AM
On the website of the journal Granta, Mary Ruefle writes a lovely meditation on the ground. Ruefle is a poet who teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College; her most recent book, “Madness, Rack, and Honey” — which collects 15 years'...